civ·​il·​ly | \ ˈsi-və(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio) \

Definition of civilly

1 : in terms of civil rights, law, or matters civilly dead
2 : in a civil manner : politely

Examples of civilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The owner of a dog that got out of its yard around 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 and bit another dog out walking on a leash agreed to settle any damages civilly and pay any veterinarian’s fees that resulted from the attack. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 Both parties agreed to handle the situation civilly. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 6 Sep. 2021 Unvaccinated people could be held civilly or even criminally liable if it can be shown that their behavior brought harm to others. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The church announces that couples who have been married civilly no longer have to wait one year before getting sealed in a temple wedding. CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Hours after the state’s Supreme Court ruled the Democrats could be civilly detained, the Texas House voted 80-12 to issue the warrants, the Dallas Morning News reported. Fox News, 11 Aug. 2021 Wednesday She had been civilly committed to the facility by Boston Municipal Court that day , and was awaiting transport to a treatment program, the sheriff’s department said., 1 Aug. 2021 Talks started civilly, with Biden inviting Republicans to the White House to discuss their $618 billion counterproposal. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 29 Mar. 2021 Though some standalone tax offenses can be handled civilly or administratively, the allegations of other misconduct — including grand larceny — help explain why prosecutors would treat this scheme as deserving of criminal prosecution, Jampol said., 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of civilly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Civilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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